Tuesday, January 28, 2014

MIM #150

I wasn't quite sure what part of Melissa's card at Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday we were supposed to replicate, so I threw it all in there!
I don't have one of the very detailed cover plates so I used 3 strips of the wider ribbon die cut with Quickutz "Nice" set.
The Top layer is fine linen card stock stamped with Doodlie-doo that I have gently coloured with melon berry ink and a pale yellow copic.

Monday, January 27, 2014

SSS Wednesday - Let's have a laugh

I made this card for the Splitcoast Stampers "Try a new Technique" challenge to make your own stamp, and then thought that it would be a perfect fit for this weeks Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

I made the Birch tree "stamp" by cutting strips of craft foam and then simply adding a few snips in the sides. I used a few strips of glue on an acrylic block to hold the strips in place. This was stamped with Stormy sky Distress ink. I then rubbed some microglaze over the stamped images and used milled lavender and weathered wood inks to create a subtle background for the trees.
The owl is from PTI Polka dot parade series and the sentiment from IO Owl be thankful.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

PTI January Blog Hop #5

I was obviously running out of steam for this, a final entry for the January Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink.
The clouds were cut out of vellum with PTI cloud die collection and rubbed with Worn lipstick distress ink. The Tag is PTI Tag sale #5, again coloured with worn lipstick. The little umbrella die is by IO.

PTI January Blog Hop #4

I wanted to do a card for the Pink challenge at Papertrey Ink that was less pastel than my previous cards and used pink and black as the main colours.
This was what I came up with, using this years "stamp-a-fair" stamp.

PTI January Blog Hop #3

This card is again for the Pink themed blog hop at Papertrey Ink

The "Love" from Think Big Favourites #23 was embossed with white, blush and grapefruit embossing powders on a grey card stock.

PTI January Blog Hop #2

I'm indulging my girly pink side today at PTI's January Blog Hop
This second card has been in my mind for a while but it's taken me a while to get round to making it. I made a baby quilt for a friend a few years ago that was these same colours - pink, brown and cream and it was just lovely,
I might try this card again with the other animals in the "Sweet Baby" set by PTI and see which I prefer - I have a feeling the elephant might be the cutest. The baby is from the "Wonderful words" series - so sad to see this series come to an end as I've loved (and bought) a large number of them.

PTI - January Blog Hop #1

I love the monthly Blog Hop at Papertrey ink, and I'm using this month's theme of "pink" as an opportunity to catch up on some girly cards.

This first card is very heavily CASed from Heather Nichols's card from the January stamp release. I even went out and bought some chalks as I liked her version so much. This uses the new Doodlie doo stamps from PTI and a sentiment from mini blooms.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

MIM #149 - Glitter Embellishments

I read the title of this week's Make it Monday and, for once, the mention of glitter didn't make my heart sink.
I've said many times before that I'm not a huge fan of glitter, but just after Christmas I found a set of WOW glitters in my local Marshalls heavily reduced as 1 pot was missing and I bought it on the basis that part of my problem might be that I only have a couple of very cheap ones. And the better glitter really did make the task much easier.
The main reason I was liked the challenge though was that I knew these lovely stamps and dies were on their way and I knew immediately how I could use them.

Monday, January 13, 2014

SSS- Ice Inspiration and Anything goes

I was making this card for SSS Wednesday - Ice Inspiration, when it dawned on me that I could also use it for SSS Monday - Anything goes

I had a blast making this card as I tried out another new technique - stamping with bleach. I used PTI snowflake medley and stared with plain grey card. First I used bleach to stamp a few background snowflakes and left it to dry. The effect was really lovely, with the outline slightly softened by the bleaching. Then I used PTI smoky shadow to stamp a couple of larger flakes and Hero Arts soft charcoal for some smaller ones. Over this are some silver embossed snowflakes and on top of all of that I used versamark and some glitter and one of the whispier flakes to add some sparkle.

MIM #148

An entry for this weeks Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink.
The images are stamped on soft stone card, in Limeade ice, simply chartreuse and summer sunrise inks.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

MIM #147 - summer hills

I recently bought the "Summer Hills" stamp set, having had so much fun with the "Holiday Home" set. However, when it arrived I couldn't immediately get a feeling for ways to use it - perhaps because I don't use copics a whole lot and so many of these stamps are outlines.
However, this weeks MIM challenge seemed tailor made for this set so I got it out and had a play.
It turned into a paper piecing extravaganza.
Most of the fields were stamped with patterns from the bitty background blocks and stuck on with ATG. The trees and building were layered with glue dots or foam tape depending on which was the top image and the tiny quilts are also on foam.
I love the way the tree pattern worked out - they are all memento inks - sweet plum, lulu lavender, new sprout and bamboo leaves.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

SSS Monday Challenge: Blues

A blue day deserves a blue card.
Having made myself a vow that I would try out some new techniques, I decided to have a go at the "layered gesso background" tutorial on split coast stampers today, and used it as the foundation for this card for  the Simon Says Stamp challenge.
I didn't have any metallic wax, but found navy blue shoe polish did an admirable job, and also used bathroom caulk for the dimensional elements (as no modelling cream yet) and found this looked better than expected!

A Blog named hero #35

It's blissful to be through the holidays and the visitors and to have a bit of time to make a few projects and enter a few challenges.
Its been a few months since I last completed an entry for the "A Blog Named Hero" challenge, but I had a project in mind that perfectly suited the 1 & 4 theme.
My niece turns 16 at the end of the month and I wanted to send her a box of goodies to help celebrate the day. I recently bought the "cupcake wrappers" cartridge for the cricut (although I haven't used it yet) and thought I'd make these cupcake toppers to go with them as my niece loves baking cupcakes.
The 4 is the number of individual layers, each cut from different paper; the 1 is Dusty Concord distress Ink, which I used to edge each of the layers, and also used a lot to make the patterned paper used as the bottom layer.

MIM #147 - Masculine

The first card I made for this weeks Make it Monday was rather girly colours so I thought I'd do a similar card but this time in boy colours.

I used tag-its #10 (one of my very first PTI stamps), which might be perhaps viewed as cheating as the elements are already broken up to be stamped separately, but cut the individual elements out and added them with different types of foam dots to give a variety of depths. I used the limitless layers circle to cut out the tag border then used the smallest sizzix circle to take out the middle and mounted this over a second circle stamped with one of the bitty background 2 stamps.

Monday, January 6, 2014

MIM #147

I loved Betsy's ideas on this weeks Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink, and as soon as I discovered that the smallest circle from the sizzix stacking circles fitted perfectly inside the Happy Birthday part of this stamp from PTI's 2011 Birthday tags, I knew I was hooked.


Despite the layers it looked a little lonely floating above the candles, so I used the die-namics peek-a-boo stars die to add a strip for it to sit on.